Thursday, May 7, 2009

10 Blogs That Vibe Missed

I'm sure by now the internets have taken time to digest Vibe Magazine's "Top 50 Rap Blogs" .. Notice the quotations and think about how seriously I value their "expert" opinion.

I'm not sure of the exact criteria used to compile this list - exclusives, intelligently-forumulated posts (Ha!), reviews, who knows - but many of their picks confused me to say the least (Kid Cudi at #26? Yea RIGHT).

I'm not saying my blog should be anywhere near the Top 50, I just do this in my spare time as a hobby and don't shoot for accolades. But, there are some well-deserving blogs that should be recognized on such a list.

So here they are, 10 Blogs that I read regularly that got the shaft by Vibe.. In no specific order:

Along with HHIR, Kev (and his team) is among the elite hip-hop blogs when it comes to the actual music. I'm talking sample sets, reviews, original content and making an effort to pay homage to rap's humble beginnings - something that some bloggers on the list often forget. How his site didn't make the list is beyond me.

If hip-hop "journalists" VladTV or artist blogs like Yeezy's can make Vibe's list, then Complex has to be there too. Though it's not ALL hip-hop (neither is 'Ye's) They have some of the most creative writers and humorous content on the 'net. Vibe receives an "F" for missing this one.

What Jay Smooth is to knowledge, Eric & Jeff are to comedy. This one should have been a given.

A collection of news, artist blogs and one of the most entertaining reads in the blogosphere in Rappers I Know.. Stop sleepin'!

Dart Adams' digial pen game is better than 99% of the bloggers out there, let alone on this mediocre list. So what he doesn't post "exclusive" MP3's or mixtapes? Does that make him any less of a rap blog? Fuck outta here.

6. IllRoots

I feel your pain, Mike. Methinks IllRoots deserves a spot over So Many Shrimp any day.

7. Analog Giant

Okay, so it's not your typical "rap blog" but can you exclude it because it posts different stuff than the 75% of New Music Cartel-copy cats out there? I think not. Plus, a blog called "Twankle & Glisten" made the cut.. At least AG could slide in at #50.

8. Jump The Turnstyle

The JTTS crew doesn't just post and bounce, they take the time to write about their opinions and the 100 Greatest Rappers of all Time countdown they have is going to be a great topic of discussion. Plus, contributing writer Sleezy Trees is F'in hilarious.

Call me a hip-hop nerd, but Werner von Wallenrod digs up some gems from hip-hop's past and makes them relevant again. Can you say the same for Prancehall? Didn't think so.

In my eyes, Ron is up there with Bol and DallasPenn when it comes to rap's best commentators. The latter two are on the list, where's the love for Ron (no fish-sticks)?


  1. And should be #11

  2. Thanks for the mention, Dom.

  3. I linked this in my tirade plus I'm going to make the list that Vibe should've. I'm still mad about it and I will be until I do the actual list and someone from Vibe apologizes (which will never happen). They've made the "Fuck Y'all" list.



  4. Anon - GTFOH with that

    Kev - No doubt !!

    Dart - Ha! I saw that on your post.. Maybe you should Tweet @danamo and find out who is responsible for this ridiculousness

    @Miss - Not really.. Eminem's back, but Slim Shady died a loooong time ago. The music just ain't the same.

  5. Good list. I see I'm gonna have to do a post on this. Dallas (and So Many Shrimp) were too low and they missed the XXLmag blogs (probably for obvious reasons), D-Nice and Real Talk NY which is one of the original and most highly trafficed sites. Dunno how you can have Ye and not either like others have noted too. There's a few other blogs that I've done site checks on that should've been on there too.

  6. Woo! Thanks for the props! Making this list > making the Vibe list. :-D

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